4 More Books for Freelance Writers
Awhile back, I posted a list of 5 books I think every freelance writer should read. That post has been really popular, so I wanted to share 4 more books I've recently read that are great for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners.
This batch of books is geared a lot towards mindset rather than overall business, but I think people across all industries and walks of life can benefit from that. After all, the way you think and behave goes hand in hand with building a business. These books would make a great gift for a writer or blogger, too!
I genuinely loved each of the books on this list and I hope you will too!
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You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
I have a confession.
I wanted to read this book for the longest time, but I kept putting it off.
I honestly have no idea.
I finally read it a few months ago and I loved it!
You are a Badass is definitely a must-read for anyone looking to change their mindset and ultimately change their life.
It can be a little woo-woo at times and I’ll admit I rolled my eyes at a few things, but I love that the central theme the book is built around is to love yourself.
The book encourages readers to look at their lives from a place of positivity, stop doubting their ability to achieve their biggest dreams and to quiet the voice of self-doubt so they can live the life they want.
Even though I didn’t connect with every aspect of this book, I think about it ALL. THE. TIME.
I think about it when I’m in a funk of negativity and I definitely thought about it a lot when I decided to take a leap of faith and quit my job to become a full-time freelance writer.
Whenever I hear that little voice in the back of my heading saying, “Do you really think YOU can do this?” I can confidently to tell it to shut up because hell yes, I CAN and I AM doing this.
I personally feel this book is on the same level as Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and I know I will go back to it time and time again. I’m going to read Sincero's other book, You Are a Badass at Making Money next!
〉〉〉 Get You Are a Badass Here 〈〈〈
The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines Into Massive Success & Happiness by Jeff Olson
The Slight Edge is a great book because of how practical the advice is.
It doesn’t require huge mindset shifts but it does challenge you to give yourself an advantage (or slight edge, if you will) by making choices that are easy to do, and even easier to make excuses not to do.
- Writing every day
- Waking up an hour earlier to work out
- Making healthier choices
- Learning something new
It’s so simple but also very effective.
By making conscious choices to DO instead of NOT DO, you change your life.
One of my favorite tidbits of advice about personal development was to read just 10 pages of a business book or a book on a topic you're curious about each day. With every page you read, you’re smarter and more knowledgeable than you were before.
I will say the book gets a little repetitive in some areas because the concept is essentially the same but Olson applies it to a variety of situations, which I think is to really hammer home the point and also help readers find their light bulb moment.
Either way, I still think it’s a great read!
〉〉〉 Get The Slight Edge Here 〈〈〈
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
I’ll admit, I didn’t really want to include Girl, Wash Your Face in this round up because everyone and their mother is talking about this book, but it’s for a good reason.
Rachel offers a tough-love, no excuses approach to the most common lies women tell themselves and I’m down with that.
Like You Are a Badass, I didn’t connect with every aspect of this book, but I found little nuggets of wisdom even in those parts.
It’s definitely a kick in the pants approach to developing a positive mindset and changing the way you look at your habits.
〉〉〉 Get Girl, Wash Your Face Here 〈〈〈
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Here are 5 things to know about me:
- I’m addicted to coffee and I have a bad habit of hoarding coffee mugs
- I’m a bookaholic
- I hate being cold and I start using my seat warmers when the weather dips below 60 degrees
- My favorite way to end the day is curled up on the couch with a glass of wine and my cats
- I love Grey’s Anatomy (and basically anything Shonda Rhimes touches)
When I found out Shonda Rhimes wrote a book, I didn’t even hesitate to purchase it. I mean seriously, the woman runs ABC’s Thursday night lineup. It’s clear she’s a wise and successful lady!
Let me tell you, Year of Yes didn’t disappoint in the slightest!
This book details the year-long journey Rhimes went on after her sister challenged her to say yes to the things she would normally say no to.
This is truly an inspiring story of self-discovery and what can happen if you shut down fear and just say yes to scary, exciting, and challenging things.
Note: If you're not caught up on Grey's Anatomy, beware…there are some spoilers.
〉〉〉 Get Year of Yes Here 〈〈〈
More to Come
Like I said, I'm a bookaholic, so I will have more books to recommend in the future!
Here's what's on my reading list at the moment:
- You Are a Badass At Making Money by Jen Sincero
- The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
- Get Scrappy: Smarter Digital Marketing for Business Big & Small by Nick Westergaard
Do you have any suggestions for books I should be reading? I'd love to hear them!